Helping Switzerland and Japan for 28 years, “Moshi moshi, Japan?”, Geneva, Friday, 20 November

Moshi moshi, Japan?, Geneva, Friday, 20 November

Tokyo Bay area
Tokyo Bay area

Interested in business with Japan?
Want to know more about Japanese business culture?
Wish to learn keys to success in business with Japan?

Why not spending 75 minutes once a month with like-minded people?

“Moshi moshi, Japan?” is an informal meet-up with people doing business with Japan.

– What are other people doing to work well with Japan?
– What works and what doesn’t?
– What breakthrough did other people make?

Mr. Kiyoshi IMAI is Trade and Investment Adviser of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Geneva. He has been helping the trade development between Switzerland and Japan in the past 28 years.

He kindly agreed to share his valuable experiences with us, including those unpublished.

次回の「もし、もし、ジャパン?」は、ジェトロ、ジュネーブオフィスの今井清さんをスペシャルゲストにお迎えします。
今井さんは、28年間に亘って、日本とスイスの経済交流を支援して来られました。今回は、隠れたエピソードを交えて、興味あるお話しを伺います。11月20日金曜日、ジュネーブにて開催。

Theme “Helping Switzerland and Japan for 28 years”
Presenter Mr. Kiyoshi IMAI, Trade and Investment Adviser, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Geneva

Date and time: From 18h00 to 19h15, Friday, 20 November
Place: McDonald’s (find us at a table on the 1st Floor), 22, rue du Mont-Blanc, 1201 Geneva (1 min from Cornavin station)
Languages: French and English
Fee: CHF 10.- for Organisation and your own coffee

Registration: By e-mail or phone to Yoshiko Kurisaki, Europe-Japan Dynamics
Yoshiko.kurisaki@gmail.com, Tel. 076 411 6076

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Lessons from western professional women who visited Japan — From “Moshi moshi, Japan?”, 23 October 2015

Naturally, neat & tidy. Ningyo-cho, Tokyo
Naturally, neat & tidy. Ningyo-cho, Tokyo

We had a very lively discussion at “Moshi moshi, Japan?” on 23 October, participated by professional women who have first-hand yet various work-relationships with Japan.

Highlights of the discussion are —

  • Too may people

“Japan is stressful. There are so many people.”

“No, that’s not true. There are so many people on streets in Tokyo, but they don’t touch each other. People know how to behave in the crowd. I was surprised to know it. In Europe, people don’t care.”

  • Communication

“Eye-contact is taken as too strong in Japan.”

“A good idea is to look at the area between the eyes of your counterpart.”

“One should take time in communication in English. It is also a sign of respect.”

  • Fashion

“Japanese professional women used to be dressed conservatively. Now I met many women who want to be unique, and look for personalization.”

  • Cultural training was needed

“One can’t leave the office at 6 PM in a Japanese company. If you do it, you are selfish. Being European, I took a training course to learn the Japanese way of thinking in a Japanese company I worked.”

  • Wisdom of a frequent visitor

“The most important thing I leaned by working with Japan is patience. It has taken me four years to create a good work-relationship.”

I try different things every time I go to Japan.”

The European professional women are doing well! Intellectual curiosity, respect and patience are three keys that lead to the work relationship built on trust.

Next meeting Friday, 20 November, 2015  ****************

Theme “Helping Switzerland and Japan for 28 years”

Presenter — Mr. Kiyoshi IMAI, Trade and Investment Adviser, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Geneva

Registration: By e-mail or phone to Yoshiko Kurisaki, Europe-Japan Dynamics
Yoshiko.kurisaki@gmail.com, Tel. 076 411 6076

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